Domitian, the Forgotten Son
Contributed by David Verne
Vespasian's younger son, Domitian, has been ignored almost completely by his father. Vespasian spent the time to groom Titus for command, while leaving Domitian at home. When Domitian was six, his mother and sister died, and he went to live with his uncle. Vespasian ensured he got a quality education but seemed to not care about him. As Domitian grew older, he spent more time reading in solitude, which was seen as incredibly Un-Roman. He was 18 and living in Rome when the chaos of 69 A.D. engulfed the Empire. His opinion on politics was influenced by witnessing Nero's final days of madness and the Senate's willingness to declare loyalty to whoever had the largest army.
During Vespasian's reign, he has been relegated to a ceremonial role, and during the Triumph celebrated by Vespasian and Titus for their victory of the Jews, Domitian was placed in the back with distant family members. Domitian tried to gain any sort of political or military appointment, but only gained the appointment of the ceremonial role of the Emperor's representative to the Senate. 
- Duncan, Mike (November 22, 2009). The Forgotten Son.